Top 3 solutions to cheating in online education

In the journal Research & Practice in Assessment, UVA Curry School of Education assistant professor J. Patrick Meyer and doctoral student Shi Zhu advocate the far less sophisticated anti-cheating measure as a way to ensure academic quality during the spread of MOOCs throughout higher education.

Ensuring that all the forms of an online exam are equally difficult would require some homework from professors bent on stopping cheating, Meyer and Zhu wrote. The test forms would require a common scale “so that scores have the same meaning and interpretation.”

Browser lockdown technology solutions: Battling the ever-present answer machine that is Google has been a thorn in the side of online educators for man years. Browser lockdown programs have proven effective in stopping this form of cheating, as students’ computer screens are locked down once they’ve launched a quiz or test.

Advocates of this anti-cheating technology advocate for the use of webcams in combination with the lockdown software, since students could easily use their smartphones, tablets, and other computers and laptops to Google questions on an online test.


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